One of the most well-known benefits of using ivy, particularly “English Ivy”, is for inflammation issues in the body. If you suffer from arthritis, gout, or rheumatism, you can either consume it in the form of tea or apply the leaves directly to the spot of inflammation. For people who experience discomfort and pain from an injury or surgery, topical application is recommended. This can heal internal inflammation as well, which has a variety of other applications in various bodily systems.
Early studies showed a link between liver and gallbladder function and the use of ivy leaves; this helps the organs function better and release toxins from the body more effectively, thereby purifying the blood and reducing strain on these crucial systems.
For centuries, people have used ivy leaves to minimize the pain and infection of burning wounds on the skin. This also works for any open sores or wounds, as there are certain antibacterial properties of its leaves, in addition to the protective nature of the saponins found within the leaves. This can also help relieve the discomfort and irritation of psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other skin-related conditions.
Ivy leaves are commonly used to eliminate respiratory tract congestion and inflammation. They act as an expectorant and can break up the phlegm and mucus in the bronchial system. By eliminating these breeding grounds for pathogens and bacteria, you can improve your overall health and reduce your healing time from illness. This also makes ivy leaves an effective remedy for allergic reactions and asthma, as they reduce the inflammation of those passages.
Although research is still ongoing, the many properties that ivy leaves have already displayed suggest a significant antioxidant activity, which also means that they can prevent the spread or development of cancer. By eliminating free radicals and preventing mutation and apoptosis, ivy leaves can protect the body from a wide range of chronic diseases, including cancer.
In addition to its antibacterial properties, ivy also has certain anthelmintic and antiparasitic qualities, making it ideal for eliminating intestinal worms and lice. You can clear out your bowels and also topically apply the extract or decoction to the hair for getting rid of those uncomfortable, itching lice as well.
People take English ivy by mouth for swelling and blockage of airway passages, to treat and improve lung function in people with bronchial swelling, to help bring up mucus and other material up from the lungs, for liver disorders, spleen disorders, gallbladder disorders, gout, joint pain and swelling, and scrofulosis.
English ivy is native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. The plant has been introduced to other parts of the world.
Other Common Names: Common ivy, true ivy, gum ivy, woodbine, winter-green, winter-grunt, kissos, bergflétta.
Dosage: 20-30 drops, 3 times a day.
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